You are posting it in the literal sense. The verse says to perfect as your Father in Heaven is perfect. Nothing about just in a spiritual. God is sinless, blameless, Jesus is saying we are to be that way. And he defines what being perfect actually means. If you think about killing your brother, you have committed that sin. If you have though about having sex with a woman, you have committed that sin. That is what you want to deny what is being said in the message. The thought of committing a sin is the same as actually doing the sin in the eyes of God. You want to claim otherwise, show us where it says different. And Spencer W. Kimball in his book "Miracle of Forgiveness" teaches the very same thing:<quoted text>
You're taking things in a literal sense as it fits your opinion and not as it was said and not as other verses explain it in context. And where did you get perfection means we don't need Jesus? That's not in the scriptures. Perfection in the Lord is a state of spirituality, not the dismissal of one's faith in God. There is a difference you seem not to comprehend.
"Trying is not sufficient. Nor is repentance complete when one merely tries to abandon sin," Kimball writes.[Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 150.] The objective of repentance, he writes, is to obtain "perfection" as a prerequisite for achieving "immortality and eternal life.... This progress toward eternal life is a matter of achieving perfection. Living all the commandments guarantees total forgiveness of sins and assures one of exaltation through that perfection which comes by complying with the formula the Lord gave us.... Being perfect means to triumph over sin."[Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 208-209.]
"This progress toward eternal life is a matter of achieving perfection. Living all the commandments guarantees total forgiveness of sins and assures one of exaltation through that perfection which comes by complying with the formula the Lord gave us. In his Sermon on the Mount he made the command to all men: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matt. 5:48.) Being perfect means to triumph over sin. This is a mandate from the Lord. He is just and wise and kind. He would never require anything from his children which was not for their benefit and which was not attainable. Perfection therefore is an achievable goal."(The Miracle of Forgiveness, pp. 208-209).
If I had said every verse was literal, you would be right, but I didn't. And yes, Mormonism is making Jesus and God liars.If it's a literal statement as you claim it that you say can't be attained, than Jesus is a liar and all of God is a lie. It would also be (according to your logic) a literal statement if we hurt a little one, a child in any fashion even it it's just hurting their feelings, than we all should be using a heavy stone to drown ourselves in a body of deep water. That's your literal translation. Or will you state no that verse shouldn't be taken literally?
Fine, name me one person who ever has became perfect and you will have proved me wrong. If you can't, you are also saying the Jesus and God are liars.Becoming perfect for a human comes in stages as one ages. It doesn't come overnight or in a week as you insinuate. Perfection for us is possible. The question is when have we arrived at the point of perfection. Only Jesus knows. He also stated if we have the faith of a mustard seed we can move mountains. Shall we take that statement literally(by your logic) that mustard seeds actually have intelligence and faith and if we have their faith we can then move a mountain? Of course not.
Jesus told us to become perfect. It's a long and arduous journey and he wouldn't have given that commandment if it wasn't possible.